Why British Expats Miss the Homeland

This summer, British Airlines posted this humorous video:

I’m not entirely sure if this an advertisement, or just a barely veiled complaint against typical British wetness. In any case, British Airways wanted to hear from British expats what they loved the most about the homeland. Apparently, there are over 750,000 expats from the U.K. living in the States alone (why they would ever leave the most magical place on earth in the first place is beyond me). And these Brits miss certain things about Britain. I miss them too, even though I’ve never been there. Here’s the original Facebook post where you can read all 3800 comments for yourself, but here are some of my favorite comments on the best things in the U.K.:

“British architecture, pubs, fish and chips, countryside and of course family and friends. oh and decent funny cards depicting British humour!”

“Yorkshire pud. Whitby kippers. Later evening dusky skies.and being called daft.”

“Fish and chips, wagon wheels, flake, crisps, biscuits, British TV/ humour….. Hearing the accent everyday….”

“The history, the beautiful countryside, the pubs, the pretty little villages, the seaside, fish and chips, the British sense of humour, M&S, I could go on and on.”

“British pubs in the summer. Afternoon walks to the pub, long nights chatting outside the pub, larger and lime in the pub, listening to British humour about people in the pub, (coz we can take a joke well), the barmaids, and barmen…and of course the crisps…the prawn cocktail, monster munch, Walkers Crisps!! Did I mention the pub?”

“Springtime in England when everything is fresh and green.”

“Walks in the woods, actually walking everywhere, real cheddar cheese, good bread, cadburys drinking chocolate, seasons, waitrose and M&S, Sunday roast, fizzy cider, malt vinegar on my fish and chips instead of ketchup, penny sweet shops, a perfect summer day in the park with a flake 99.”


This last commenter really says it all – everything about the U.K. makes me want to go there! British Airways you have me thinking it’s time for some travelling… Check out ba.com if you feel the same. They have some good deals by booking straight through the airlines. Here’s a word from British Airways: “As always, customers can take advantage of BA’s hold fare and reserve their flight on ba.com for up to 72 hours with a deposit of just $10, giving travelers time and flexibility to book without losing the original price. Additionally, Flight+hotel and flight+car packages booked on ba.com are eligible for deposit payment, allowing travelers to take advantage of early deals and budget for their trips – especially while the dollar is strong.” If you do fly across the pond, let me know about your experience! It will tide me over till I can make it one day.

If you would like to know my favorite things about the United Kingdom check out:

Top 15 Reasons Why Americans Love England

and, because the list is neverending:

Ten More Reasons Why Americans Love England

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One response to “Why British Expats Miss the Homeland

  1. Pubs are a great thing to visit in the UK. They started two thousand years ago when the Romans build roads, people build inns in local communities and the locals get together to do business there.

    It became a tradition. During the Plague and the outbreaks of typhoid, cholera and dysentery it was safer to drink beer than the local water, hence the reason for us Brits drinking a lot. It ingrained itself into our culture.

    Pubs became business centres for illegal business too, from whence things like Cockney Rhyming Slang developed (cor blimey guv’nor).

    Nowadays they are still a part of our community. Less so now with the smoking ban in pubs and the huge taxes on alcohol.

    Visiting a ‘tourist pub’ is one thing. Going to a ‘Local’ for a few beers with friends is totally different. While you are queueing to get served at the bar people talk to complete strangers, yacking about nothing before buying our round and taking it back to the table. Us brits are not very open and tend to “talk about nothing”… like the weather, soccer, things like that as a casual “hello” passing of time while queueing for service.

    Your insights into British culture are very mind opening for me, being English born and bred (25% Irish). It’s almost like an elaborate cultural ballet in many ways with unspoken laws that are bred into our culture.

    I’ve no idea what bars are like on your side of the pond tbh, I’ve never been to the States and can’t afford it.

    Have fun.
    Seedy J.

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